Improving IT administrator-to-server ratios is not just an outcome of server consolidation--server automation suites are gaining converts and become more affordable for smaller companies. Server automation can include capabilities ranging from bare metal imaging, configuration management and software distribution to security assessment, multi-step process management and rapid recovery from faults.
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